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ERCOT reserves drop below 2,300 MW, forcing Texas grid to call for energy emergency

Dive Brief:

  • A heat wave across parts of Texas forced the state's grid operator to call for energy conservation on Tuesday and sent electricity prices soaring past $9,000/MWh.
  • The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA1) around 3 p.m., when operating reserves dipped from at least 3,000 MW to below 2,300 MW. Grid conditions returned to normal operation by 5:30 p.m., officials said. It was the first time since January 2014 that ERCOT has used the alert.
  • ERCOT officials had forecast a tight supply-demand balance heading into the summer, and in March said there was a growing chance it would need to utilize emergency alerts during times of high demand. NRG CEO Mauricio Gutierrez had argued those forecasts were too optimistic.



Bob Wallace's picture
Bob Wallace on Sep 20, 2019 9:48 pm GMT

The Electrical Power Generation Industry Must Put the CO2 Scam Behind, Move Forward.

Boy, Howdy!   The CO2 "scam"?

Is this a visitor from the far right fringe?

Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Sep 23, 2019 12:56 pm GMT

What frustrates me most about continued claims of the "CO2 scam" is the weighing of the two options. Let's say you are skeptical of the science behind climate change, for whatever reason. Maybe you are unsure it's manmade, or you think the data is inconclusive. But the consequences we're talking about are of the type that would alter life on the planet as we know it. That's about as existential of a threat as humanity has ever faced-- so why fight back against that? Because resources will be spent to make sure that not only is our CO2 footprint diminished (which you may question the of, if this is your view) but also to ensure that:

  • Air and water are cleaner
  • pollution related illnesses decrease
  • reliance on foreign fuel sources and their volatile prices is diminished
  • increased efficiency in generation 
  • decreased electricity generation costs according to active trends

There's a whole lot of good that comes from decarbonizing the electric grid, on top of the imperative that climate science does dictate. 

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